And about time too! But seriously, in this Sunday’s New York Times there’s a front page article written by Nelson George in the Arts and Lesiure section (read HERE) about the current crop of independent black filmmakers working today. The very same filmmakers we deal with practically every day right here on S & A.
Now I’m all for it of course. Any attention and publicity that these filmmakers can get is great. But at the same time, I have to say to the NY Times: “Where in the hell have you guys been?”
I guess there’s been enough articles already about Scorsese and Fincher and they were looking around for something new to write about. Then again there’s another part of me that says the article is really for people (both white and black) who think that black filmmaking starts and ends with Tyler Perry. (Those poor misguided souls!)
So I look at the article as sort of an introductory course by George (your guide for all things black) for those out there who have no idea what else is going on in black cinema, and hopefully will lead them to US, to keep them current on what’s going on, and not rely on the NY Times for an article once every decade or so about black films.
The Times also has a video with George discussing the new wave in black cinema which you can watch here: